Blum stands out on small stage
Tyler Blum might not play 11-man football now, but the talented two-way Iowa prospect certainly will.
Originally Published: October 14, 2004By Tom Lemming | Special to ESPN Insider
I can't remember the last time anyone playing eight-man football earned All-American honors. However, this year Tyler Blum is an eight-man football standout who is certainly deserving of All-American honors. In fact, I recently named him to the West squad for the U.S. Army All-American game.
The 6-foot-6, 240-pounder is from the very small western Iowa town of Walnut. Blum dominated last season at both the tight end and defensive end positions. Last season, he caught 33 passes for 375 yards and 9 touchdowns and totaled 50 solo tackles, 10 quarterback sacks, 19 tackles for losses and picked off one pass. Well, he is off to an even better start this season. Blum has 75 tackles, seven quarterback sacks, one interception and three forced fumbles playing defensive tackle, defensive end and some linebacker in his first six games. On offense, he's caught 25 passes for 330 yards and five touchdowns.
Tyler Blum made 50 solo tackles in 2003.
To continue reading this article you must be an Insider
ESPN TOP HEADLINES
- Bulls stop Warriors in OT; home streak over
- Mayweather, Pacquiao talk at Heat's halftime
- Blatt: LeBron has moved into MVP contention
- Repetitive Lynch: 'Here so I won't get fined'